|The SNAP Retailer Locator is one of the GIS applications the USDA has developed|
Recently, CNN featured this article describing the efforts in Iraq to protect the nation’s historic sites. Alongside the Iraq State Board of Antiquities, the Getty Conservation Institute and the World Monuments Fund are developing MEGA-Iraq; MEGA being an acronym for “Middle Eastern Geodatabase for Heritage”. These applications use Google Maps as a base map and layers regarding the historic sites are created by the parties involved. The goal is to help manage these sites of antiquity in addition to limiting the illegal trade of artifacts. MEGA-Jordan (pictured above) is already live and running, and can be visited by clicking here.
Are you interested in learning about the latest software, web resources, and announcements from the 2011 ESRI International User Conference? Join us for the first UConn Geospatial Coffeehouse which will feature Jeff Dunn, UConn Department of Geography Graduate Student and contributor to MAGIC’s Outside the Neatline Blog and Very Spatial Blog, who recently attended the 2011 ESRI International User Conference and ESRI Education User Conference in San Diego, CA. Jeff will highlight several key trends, upcoming software, and web resources that are of interest to the geospatial community.
Presentation topics will focus on the following topics to showcase new developments from 2011 ESRI International User Conference:
July 28, 2011 from 3:00-4:00pm
This event is sponsored by the University of Connecticut Libraries Map and Geographic Information Center- MAGIC and is free to attend.
This is the second post in the Outside the Neatline Blog series focusing on web-based maps developed by the University of Connecticut Libraries Map and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC) for the On The Line project.
When our research team began working with digital aerial photographs, we asked ourselves: how can we display two views of the same terrain at different points in time? Our solution was to develop a linked-control dual-view map, titled Neighborhood Change in Connecticut, 1934 to Present, which allows users to compare aerial images from past and present, side by side. Since this interactive tool is based on Google Maps web technology, it features the familiar controls to zoom and pan around the map, as well as a Google search engine for any address in Connecticut. Best of all, the linked controls means that the two images are synced: when a user moves or zooms into one side of the map, the other side automatically matches it.
This map is a wonderful tool for examining changes in land use anywhere in Connecticut. For example, compare Hartford’s Parkville neighborhood, before and after the construction of the Interstate-84 highway exchange in the 1960s, which benefited suburban commuters but divided urban neighborhood irrevocably. See also the conversion of rural farmland into post-war suburban residential and commercial developments, such as the WestFarms Mall area in Farmington/West Hartford, or the Bishop’s Corner shopping center in West Hartford.
Caption: Click image to explore our Neighborhood Change map for Hartford’s Parkville area (shown above) or any other region in Connecticut.
At present, the Neighborhood Change map displays aerial imagery for selected years: 1934, 1991, 2008, and Google’s current view. Soon we will add more options to the drop-down menu: 1951-2 and 1970. Our goal is to create a tool to show neighborhood comparisons in approximately twenty-year intervals from 1934 to the present.
Another feature of this map allows anyone to create a custom URL web address to point any visitor to a specific location in Connecticut. To do this create a URL using this format,
http://magic.lib.uconn.edu/otl/dualcontrol_aerialchange.html?lat=[insert latitude]&long=[insert longitude]
and identify the latitude and longitude you are interested by going to Google Maps and right-clicking on a point, select “What’s Here?” and copying the latitude and longitude coordinates added to the Google Maps search box into the URL.
This linked-control dual-view tool may also be used to compare other types of maps, such as historic census data to the newly released 2010 census data of the United States.
We invite you to explore the Neighborhood Change in Connecticut, 1934 to Present web-based map and On The Line.
Coming next in this series — Racial Change in the Hartford Region, 1900-2010: An Animated Time Slider Map
The latest issue of the Connecticut Geo-Focus newsletter is now available. In this issue you will find articles and updates on the following topics:
- Emergency Sirens
- Japan Debris Tracking
- Marine Debris Tracking
- UCONN Invasive Aquatic Plants
- Educational Offerings
- Coastal Resilience Project
- High School Geography
- News of the Bee
- CT DOT Bicycle Map Website
- GIS Day Announcements
- GIS and Public Safety
Get the most out of the free web mapping platform and it’s new capabilities by attending this free webinar August 18th!
Here’s the link: http://training.esri.com/Gateway/index.cfm?fa=seminars.gateway
The Census of Governments begins in October of 2011 with the mailing of the Government Units Survey. This survey collects descriptive information on the basic characteristics of local governments in preparation for the 2012 Census of Governments. Data from this survey will also be used to produce the official count of local government units in the United States and to update and verify the mailing addresses of government units. In 2012, the Census Bureau will request data on the employment and finances of state and local governments.
Under Title 13, Section 161, the Census of Governments has been conducted for years ending in “2” and “7” since 1957. The Census of Governments provides the only source of comprehensive, uniform statistics on the economic activity of state and local governments, as it identifies the scope and nature of the Nation’s state and local government sector; provides authoritative benchmark figures of public finance and public employment; classifies local government organizations, powers, and activities; and measures federal, state, and local fiscal relationships. Following the activity of governments over time tells the story of the fiscal condition of federal, state, and local government thus helping policy makers make informed decisions.
Data from the Census of Governments are used by the Bureau of Economic Analysis as input to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the Federal Reserve Board as input to the Flow of Funds account. State and local governments use the data to develop programs and budgets, assess financial conditions, and perform comparative analysis.
The first data from the Census of Governments is scheduled for release beginning in August 2012 providing the number and types of government units by state. More comprehensive data will follow. If you have questions or would like further information on the Census of Governments, please call 1-800-242-2184 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. General information and data can also be obtained at http://www.census.gov/govs/
Have you ever wanted to raise awareness to your local officials about an issue? An annoying pot hole…graffiti…missing street sign or even limited road access due to flooding? Recently, my colleagues at MAGIC and I attended Ignite Spatial Hartford and we were introduced to a product that promises to facilitate the communication of citizen reported issues to local officials. See Click Fix utilizes Smartphone technology along with GIS to allow users to report non-emergency issues such as those listed above. Although there were plenty of interesting presentations at Ignite Spatial Hartford (especially by our own Curtis Denton), this one in particular caught my eye for its shear practicality. This use of powerful telecommunication and GIS technologies seems to have the potential to enable a more efficient, citizen-driven use of public resources for the benefit of the whole community!
We are happy to announce that the Outside the Neatline blog has a new look! The newly relaunched Outside the Neatline blog features more options for sharing posts (including Google +, Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail), offers a new mobile optimized version of the blog, and pages are loading even faster than in the previous design.
Check out the new design and let us know what you think!